French Winter Style

I’d much rather be sipping on a chocolate chaud as I’m ducking into yet another art museum than doing my 9-to-5 in Cape Town this winter. And I’m sure many of you will agree! While I certainly won’t be going anywhere adventurous this year, it doesn’t mean that I can’t dress for the holiday I want. French style has always been revered for being simple and chic, but it has never been as easy to replicate as now.

Once synonymous with quilted bags and a glimpse of the iconic double-C, today’s French style brings to mind a more relaxed approach as pioneered by brands like Sezane and Rouje. While this is a style you can emulate year-round, I think the elements really leans itself well to the cooler months. Think cosy textures, warm tones and loads of luxurious fabrics in looser styles.

Emulating the Parisian style is easy when you can shop at the above mentioned brands, but I think you’ll be surprised at how easy it can be to achieve the look when combining a few of the below elements – many of which you might already own!

1. Round Neck Knits


The simplest and easiest way to replicate the look this winter is with a round-neck knit, tucked in off course! Bonus points if it sits high on the neck so that your necklace can hang over it.

2. Dark Denims


This is a classic winter style staple irrespective of which look you are after, but its also synonymous with French style. The most popular jean sits higher on the waist to create a nipped waist and ends slightly above the ankle. The shape – straight, skinny or flared – really depends on your personal taste. Straight legs are a classic though!

3. Flats

Make sure you have a pair of ballet flats on hands for the days when it isn’t pouring with rain. It’s comfortable, versatile and can easily be purchased from affordable brands like H&M. Loafers are also a popular alternative.

4. Mix Neutral Tones


It’s not often you’ll see the French embrace colour. Paris is the city that has designated a very specific green as the only colour for all municipal structures after all! Combine neutral tones like navy, grey, beige, tan, caramel, white and black to create interest and dimension without looking like a St Tropez beach umbrella!

5. Statement Blouses


A statement button blouse or lace-inset top can be worn both in the daytime or evening with a beautiful coat over to keep you warm. Think luxurious fabrics like silks, lace and broderie anglais.

6. Structured Outerwear


Which brings us to one of the most-seen items of your winter wardrobe, your coat or your outerwear. French winters are cold, so there isn’t a shortage of inspiration. This season a classic double-breasted blazer in a wool is the first choice for warmth and style. Other classic outerwear choices include the trench coat and longer-length Melton coats in simple silhouettes. Try to steer clear of black if possible.

7. Fine Gold or Tortoiseshell Jewellery

They might have moved on from the double-Cs but French girls still adhere to the less is more aesthetic, especially when it comes to accessorising. Often you’ll just see simple gold chains and small hoops finishing off their outfits, although tortoiseshell accessories is another great way to liven up a monochrome outfit.

8. Brown Accessories


Swap your black handbag for something in a luxurious brown finish – think suede or a crocodile finish. This adds additional interest to simpler outfits and is also a great way to add warmth to cooler tones like black and grey.

9. A Touch of Leopard


If this all feels a little too safe, then consider adding a touch of leopard print to your otherwise neutral wardrobe. Be mindful when choosing a print though – look for beige or golden tones and steer clear of anything too orange. Black-and-white interpretations can also be fun and much more versatile if you aren’t ready to commit to the classic print yet.

10. Stripes


Cliché as stripes are, real French girls still wear them so you definitely can too! Ranging from classic Breton tops to knits with deep V’s and everything in between – you can’t go wrong with a classic black and white or French navy and white combination!

The French Girl Edit

  1. Zara Blouse | 2. Trenery Knit | 3. Trenery Handbag | 4. Daniel Wellington Watch | 5. Mango Blouse | 6. Mango Shoes | 7. Witchery Blouse| 8. Zara Trench | 9. Lovisa Earrings| 10. Mango Jeans | 11. Trenery T | 12. Tread & Miller Boots | 13. Lovisa Necklace | 14. Zara Blazer | 15. Witchery Knit

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Our Bathroom Renovation | Mid-Way Update

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Christmas Decor: Home for the Holidays

I’ve shared my love of Christmas and particularly decorating my home for the holiday before, but it bears repeating. There is something so magical about winding down the year, getting to spend extra time with all your loved ones and generally just celebrating love and my religion.

This plus I’m just a massive magpie and struggle to say no to anything that sparkles! I’ve shared what our Christmas decor used to look like in our previous house, both in 2016 and 2015. The following two years didn’t look very different since I we just used the same things time and again. I’m very sad that I don’t have a record of last year though, as it was our first year celebrating in our new home. So this year I had to make up for it!

I haven’t purchased much decor this year. Last year I invested in a few decor pieces that we’ll hopefully be able to use for the foreseeable future. So this year I just added a few accents from Mr Price Home to the colourful tree.

I know that you might not be able to celebrate this holiday with everyone you usually would, but that doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be special and treated as such. I hope you all have a very merry and safe Christmas with your loved ones – whether over Zoom or in person.

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Shopping Small This Festive Season

Small businesses need our support now more than ever and with Christmas right around the corner, now is the best time to make sure you place an order. Whether you’re splurging on yourself or just want to make someone else feel special, there should be something to suit your taste or budget.

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My Favourite Online Lighting Sources

Speaking with friends and family throughout our renovation, some who are also homeowners and undertaking their own renovation, we’ve picked up that lighting can be a source of mayor reno nightmares. My husband and I have had our own struggles trying to find something that not only fits both our tastes, but is also reasonably priced. Add to that all the extra requirements like good quality, from a trustworthy source (there are some convincing looking dodgy websites selling all my dream lights) that uses bulbs that are readily available and you might as well ask for chocolate that isn’t fattening.

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Our Bathroom Renovation | Before & Renovation Plan

Pic of Athena Calderone’s bathroom

I’ve previously shared some details on phase one of our house renovation and while we haven’t completely finished these rooms, we’ve decided we’re ready to tackle phase two. This phase will see most of the outsourced work that has to be done inside our house completed. Unfortunately right after we committed, coronavirus and lockdown struck. As lockdown has started easing, the workers are returning. So we’ll finally get our master bathroom plumbed and tiled.

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The Simplest Berry Smoothie Recipe

I love mixing it up on a weekend and switching my regular cereal breakfast out for something more indulgent. This smoothie feels almost as indulgent as french toast, but it is slightly healthier (sugars – I know!) and the best part is that you can make it from things you likely already have either in the fridge or freezer. This makes it a great way to get in your five now that we are all trying to go the shops less frequently. The handheld blender I received as a housewarming gift last year has also revolutionized my smoothie game – leaving me with much less dishes to do.

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Tips for Working From Home (Temporarily)

Much like the rest of the world, I was sent to start working from home at the end of March. With no inclination of how long this would last and very short notice, my home work set-up is far from ideal. I’ve had to make do with what we have and I have an idea many of you are in the same situation. I hope my tips will be helpful if you also find yourself unable to get your hands on anything non-essential or you don’t want a permanent solution for a temporary problem.

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Home Trend: Fun Pouffes

I have to recognise that there is so much sadness and worry in the world right now, but blog posts have been a great source of distraction from all the terrifying news for me. So I hope mine can do the same for you!

One of the best home trends I’ve seen this year has been all the fun pouffes. From scalloped edges to channel tufting and interesting textures, there is no excuse to settle for a boring pouffe. I’ve compiled a few of my favourite styles below. Things like tassles, interesting textures and fun shapes will help introduce a touch of whimsy to any room.

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